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  • Celts Suffer Heavy Defeat In Paris

    Celts Suffer Heavy Defeat In Paris

    By: Tony Connelly on 22 Nov, 2017 22:01

  • UEFA Champions League
    Group B, Match Day Five
    Parc des Princes, Paris
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN…7
    (Neymar 8, 21, Cavani 27, 78, Mbappe 34, Veratti 75, Alves 79)

    CELTIC…1
    (Dembele 1)

    CELTIC were the first team to score against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League but the accolade proved to be in vain as the French side’s clinical finishing saw them finish the game with a six-goal advantage, winning 7-1 in the Parc des Princes.

    Moussa Dembele handed Celtic a shock lead inside the first minute but goals from PSG’s world-class front three as well as contributions from Dani Alves and Marco Verratti ensured a comfortable win for the home side.

    Celtic won a corner inside the first minute and Olivier Ntcham fired a low ball across the PSG box for Moussa Dembele, whose shot went beyond Alphonse Areola in the PSG goal for the opener. And the Hoops maintained their grip on the game with high-pressing and sharp passing which prevented the home side from settling into their stride.

    A glimmer of individual quality from the £200million Brazilian forward, Neymar levelled the scoring just seven minutes later. And he added a second in the 21st minutes to give the home side the lead, both goals slotted in at the far post. The 25-year-old then turned provider minutes later when he headed the ball back across goal for Edinson Cavani to cushion it into the back of the net.  

    While Celtic continued to try and play their own game whenever they had possession, it was PSG who scored again before the break through Kylian Mbappe. And only a Craig Gordon save denied the 18-year-old his second of the night.

    The Hoops started the second half in attacking fashion and wasted no time in creating a chance when Kieran Tierney swung a great ball into the box for Dembele but the PSG defence cleared the danger.

    The home side continued to look a threat going forward though Celtic dealt well with the attacking threat. However, three goals in the space of six minutes gave PSG a margin of victory which was cruel to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

    Cavani with his second of the night made it 5-1 before Dani Alves and Marco Verratti scored in quick succession. It was another tough night for the Hoops against the French side, but Celtic know that European football remains within their grasp as they look forward to a home match against Anderlecht early next month.

    The immediate focus, however, must now turn to the League Cup final on Sunday where Celtic will face Motherwell at Hampden.

    CELTIC (3-4-2-1) Gordon; Lustig (Bitton 12), Boyata, Simunovic; Tierney, Ntcham (Kouassi 68) Brown, Forrest; McGregor, Rogic; Dembele (Griffiths 75)
    Not Used: De Vries , Armstrong, Roberts, Sinclair

    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (4-3-3) Areola; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Kurzawa; Veratti (Lo Celso 75), Rabiot, Draxler (Pastore 65), Mbappe (Di Maria 75), Neymar, Cavani
    Not Used: Trapp, Kimpembe, Meunier, Berchiche, 

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